Which Leaf Blower Should I Get

Which Leaf Blower Should I Get?

Which Leaf Blower Should I Get?? This depends on your needs, the size of your yard and how frequently you expect to use the equipment. The Stihl range of leaf blowers comes in many sizes and configurations, to accommodate those of us who just need to do a few minutes of tidying around the porch and patio, to those of us who work as full-time landscapers. We offer free delivery for all of our leaf blowers in Ireland.

Which Leaf Blower Should I Get: Cordless or Petrol Powered?

Stihl’s cordless range is exceptional quality, with excellent lithium-ion technology allowing for high powered work for comparatively long periods compared with other electric garden tools. The Stihl Cordless Leaf Blower lasts about 10 minutes per charge on its included battery. This makes it perfect for use around the home for a daily tidy. For professional use, we are a few years away from battery operated machinery reliably replacing two-stroke engines; There simply isn’t enough energy density in batteries to keep running all day.
If you prefer the quieter running and lighter handling of the cordless option but still need more time than 10 minutes, you could consider purchasing additional batteries. As a comparison in terms of noise, the BGA 45 cordless blower produces about 60 dB of noise, versus 105 dB from the BG 56, Stihl’s entry-level two-stroke engine leaf blower. Similarly, with regards to weight. The BGA 45 weighs only 2kg, versus the BG 56′ 4.1 kg. This lighter, quieter machine has roughly half the blowing power at 38 m/s versus 64 m/s for the BG 56.

Do I need a Backpack Blower or a Handheld?Which Leaf Blower Should I Get

For those who need a blower for extended periods, the next question on your mind after power is comfort. Handheld blowers like the BG 86 are powerful, durable and great around the yard. The centre of gravity is good, but if you’re holding this for hours, you’re going to feel it. Backpack blowers transfer the weight of the engine from your arms to your back. The nozzle hangs from the backpack using a ribbed rubber tube; All you have to do is take the grip with your free hand and work away. These arrangements are far more comfortable and also allow for larger engines such as the 10kg engine of the Stihl BR 350, which blows at 74 m/s and can be carried comfortably all day long.

View our full range of blowers, or if you have any further questions feel free to give us a call on 021 4965 132

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Best Leaf Blowers On Sale

We currently have some of the best leaf blowers on sale, with Stihl’s range of products being known by professionals as durable, reliable and able to get the job done. With so many options on the market, it can be tricky finding the best make and model for your needs. At Douglas Forest and Garden, we solely stock Stihl blowers. Through direct feedback (and lack of complaints) from our customers, they have proven to be the most reliable over the years, so why make it our customer’s choice harder by offering inferior products? On that note. Here are some of the best leaf blower-vacuums by Stihl we currently have on sale.

Best Leaf Blowers On Sale: Entry Level

Stihl’s BG 56 C-E Blower is the entry-level model currently with a hefty discount, from €423 to €299. The 56 C-E is suitable for tidying up around your home and yard. Weighing 4kg and a 64m/s airspeed, this may be the smallest machine in Stihl’s range, but it’s certainly not the weakest on the market. 

If you have a more extensive garden or yard, the BR 200 backpack blower might be the choice. We have this on sale with a sizeable discount, down from €635 to €595. Anyone who has had to work with one of these for extended periods knows about the numb, uncomfortable feeling that can occur after many hours of use. The BR200 takes the weight and vibration off your hands and puts it on your back. This helps you to maintain an even centre of gravity, allowing for far more comfortable work for longer. This is a low weight, entry-level backpack blower with a lightweight design designed to reduce vibration and fatigue.

Heavy-Duty Blowerbest leaf blowers

The BR 800 is Stihl’s most powerful backpack blower to date and is currently down from €1,009 to €899. Stihl designed this to balance power with comfort and is our recommended product for landscapers, local authorities and contractors. This machine will quickly clear thick, wet leaves that tend to accumulate coming into autumn and winter. The backpack hugs your spine, reducing strain. It also has a hip belt, so that much of the weight is on your pelvis and legs instead of your back. So while more substantial than the entry-level model at 11.7kgs, it feels comfortable to carry for extended periods. With about double the airspeed of the entry-level model at 216mph and a vacuum adaptor kit available as an accessory, this is an excellent choice. 

For more information on our leaf blowers and other Stihl products, contact us today on 021 4965 132

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Leaf Blower Deals

Everyone is seeking cheap leaf blowers this time of year.  It’s understandable. When you leave your yard for just a couple of weeks and the fallen foliage combined with heavy rainfall results in a slipper mulch that’s as dodgy to tread on as ice. While we don’t usually experience as much snowfall or ice as our neighbours (though end-of 2019 is being slated by forecasters to be the coldest on record), we do get leaves and rain in spades. Here are a few great leaf blower deals which will get the job done and make your yard safe again.

Leaf Blower Deals: The Stihl BG 56 C-E

This is Stihl’s least expensive leaf blower, and while it will usually cost you €423, this winter we’re offering it for €299.00. That’s a €123 saving. While typically entry-level hardware is of a poor standard, Stihl have a name to uphold. The BG 56 C-E does a good job of cleaning leaves and debris around your paths, driveway and anywhere else around the home.  This is a handheld petrol engine with a semi-automatic choke lever. This model can automatically reset itself to the run position to help prevent accidental engine flooding, and it comes with an adapter to turn it into a vacuum shredder.

The Stihl BR 200 Backpack Blower

If you’re looking for leaf blower deals that have more ‘oomph’, we recommend the BR 200. Reduced from €635 to €595, you’ll save €40 while bringing professional-grade power to your home. The BR200 is light, with much of the weight stored on the backpack. It also features a simplified starting system and anti-vibration system which can provide extra comfort and help reduce the numbness and fatigue that typically haunts outdoor power tools. 

Leaf Blower Deals for Professionals – The Stihl BR 700leaf blower deals

This is nearing the top-of-the-range for Stihl’s line of leaf blowers. We have reduced the BR 700 from €902 down to €759 so you save €143. This model has a fully adjustable blower tube. It has exceptional blowing force and low weight. This makes is perfect for removing grass and hedge cuttings, leaves and debris from large areas. Its anti-vibration system is excellent making it perfect for longer working periods. If you need to get the job done before the winter really sets in, this is the one for you.

All of our leaf blowers are available with free shipping anywhere in Ireland. Have any questions? Feel free to call us today 021 4965 132

BGA 45 Cordless Blower

Is a Handheld Leaf Blower Suitable For You?

Stihl has some of the best quality products that you can get for your money. They do what they say they’ll do, and they’re always reliable. The Stihl BGA 45 Cordless Leaf Blower is as good a handheld leaf blower as you’ll get with our current battery technology. But handheld leaf blowers have limitations which make them suitable for very specific use cases. Let’s touch on a few of those so you can decide if it’s what you need.

The Lightest Handheld Leaf Blower

The Stihl BGA 45 is hands-down one of the lightest handheld leaf blowers you can get. It weighs only 2kg. It has been designed for home use, specifically on garden paths, driveways or similar areas. And it has been designed to be used by anyone of any age — but designed for older people in particular. But the lightness and usability come with some very large downsides which make handheld leaf blowers suitable only for specific domestic purposes.

A Battery Powered, Handheld Leaf Blower

The Stihl BGA 45 uses a lithium-ion battery. This makes it very easy to maintain, very easy to use, and light. But it also means the battery only lasts for about 10 minutes of use. This means it’s absolutely not an industrial or professional-level leaf blower, or even for a medium or large sized garden.  A handheld Leaf Blower works well in a home with a small BGA 45 Cordless Blowergarden, a semi-outdoor or confined area, a garden shed, entrance, or any small area where leaves, dirt and dust gather. 

Long Recharge Time

The Stihl BGA 45 is perfect if you only plan to do a quick sweep for 5-10 minutes at most. After 10 minutes, the battery runs out and it will take a few hours to recharge. This is too long for many use cases, but if you’re not looking to do a large amount of blowing, you’ll find this more than adequate for keeping things tidy every day. If you plan to do anything on a larger sized garden or if you plan to spend any longer than 5-10 minutes clearing out the garden, you’re going to require something else.

We hope this gives you some clarity on handheld leaf blowers. Feel free to check out our high powered leaf blowers, and if you have any questions about this product or any of the other leaf blowers we have in stock, you can reach us on 021-4965132.


The Stihl BR700 Leafblower

At Douglas Forest & Garden, we provide some of the best quality leaf blowers available on the market. For example, the Stihl BR700, which is a professional-level leaf blower often used by landscapers and groundskeepers. View our full range of leaf blowers. Or read on to learn a little more about the Stihl BR700.

Is the Stihl BR700 Powerful?

The BR700 is extremely powerful, making it perfect for professionals. The blowing power makes it exceptional for our Irish weather, where leaves and grass clippings are often quite wet and tend to stick to the ground. The power also means you can blow up twigs and small sticks and get everything neatly rounded up into piles for mulching.stihl-br700

The downside of having such a strong, effective leafblower is that the powerful engine is heavy. Weighing 10.8kg (1.7 stone), wearing this backpack for long periods of time is not easy. As a result, some professionals will buy this for the heavy-duty work and then have a second, lighter and lower output leafblower for smaller properties.

Stihl BR700’s Comfort and Efficiency

The BR700’s blowing tube is quite ergonomic and easy to set up for different people. You can change the tube length to get it closer or further from the ground. The handle is also adjustable for different arm lengths. It’s very simple and straight-forward to switch between different users, which is an excellent feature for professional use.

With a powerful leaf blower, you are usually going to trade off on lightness and comfortability. The backpack is strong and well built. But it’s not as comfortable for day-to-day use as a lighter leafblower would be. Because of the extra weight, it has a great deal more power that is excellent for certain situations but overkill for smaller areas.

The other downside of the powerful Stihl BR700 is that it’s going to guzzle petrol, so this is something to keep in mind when you’re making your purchasing decision.

Do you have any other questions on the Stihl BR700? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Douglas Forest & Garden on 021-4965132.

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When to Use a Vacuum Shredder

Are you considering buying a vacuum shredder, but unsure if it’s suitable for your garden? While leaf blowers are a handy way to keep your lawn tidy, unless you have a clearing nearby, you’re often still left with the task of cleaning the leaves and debris afterwards. One possible solution for this is the Stihl SH 86 C-E Vacuum Shredder  (currently on sale).

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When to Use a Vacuum Shredder

Keep in mind that vacuum shredders work best on small-to-medium sized, well-manicured lawns. So if you have a two-metre pile of leaves you are not going to get the results you’re after. But if you have an already reasonably tidy lawn with small piles of leaves, this could be the thing for you. It will pick up rubbish and debris also without disturbing soil beds, mulch or gravel.

The Stihl SH 86 C-E also functions a leaf blower using the included attachment, so you’re essentially getting two devices for the price of one. The SH 86 C-E also comes with a bag attachment and hose for its vacuum function. It can suck leaves not just from the lawn, but from your decking, drive and gravel, as well as mulch and straw. It’s strong enough to vacuum up the leaves without disturbing your garden or gravel or sucking up other unwanted material. It also does a fine job of mulching the leaves so that they can be used for fertiliser. Weighing in at 5.6kg, it’s not too heavy and it’s comfortable enough to use for extended periods. It’s also handy if you used a hedge strimmer and want an easier way to dispose of the trimmings.

Turning your Stihl Vacuum Shredder into a Blower

Transforming the Stihl SH 86 C-E into a blower is also quite simple. You just remove the bag and hose, remove the vacuum nozzle, then slide on the blower nozzle. Then crew it in so that it is airtight. To set this up, you’ll spend less than five minutes in total. The Stihl saves a lot of space and cost, especially if your shed is already full enough!

Interested in finding out more? Check out this great review of the Stihl SH 86 C-E. If you’d like to purchase a Stihl Vacuum Shredder at Douglas Forest & Garden, or you simply have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0214965132.


4 Must Have Pieces Of Garden Equipment

4 Must Have Pieces Of Garden Equipment

Upkeeping your garden is easier and faster when you have the right garden equipment. However, rather than buying every piece of garden machinery going, we suggest having some of the most important ones at your disposal in your garden shed. The right garden tools are essential for carrying out different jobs around the home like cutting the grass, trimming the hedges, trees and shrubs, getting rid of leaves and detritus etc. There are many tools available but here are 4 must-have pieces of garden equipment to have in your garden shed.

4 Must Have Pieces Of Garden Equipment1: Lawn Mower

Lawnmowers are one of the most useful pieces of garden equipment when it comes to taking care of your garden. They ensure your lawn is kept in top condition so you really should have one in your shed. They are very easy to use and maintain, there are many different makes, types and models of lawnmowers which offer great cutting performance and different features. When buying a lawnmower make sure you get one that suits your lawn size and preferable features.

2: Pruning Equipment

It is wise to invest in quality pruning equipment to keep your garden looking beautiful. There are various types and sizes of pruning tools depending on the type of job you are doing in your garden. Whether you are pruning or trimming small branches, large branches, bushes or shrubs, there is a tool perfect for every situation. Pruning regularly will keep the parts of your garden in the desired shape and size. Without pruning on a regular basis, hedges, trees and plants will grow rapidly and leave your garden looking like a mess.

3: Hand Trowel

A hand trowel is a small tool that is essential for doing different gardening tasks like digging, planting, smoothing or moving small amounts of materials. They are lightweight so they do not require a big physical effort to use and use for long periods of time. Hand trowels are perfect for many garden chores, operating in confined spaces and they are relatively low in cost. It is best to buy one with a sturdy connection between the blade and handle and one with a comfortable grip for your hands to avoid hand fatigue and give you optimal control.

4: Blower

When the autumn season comes in, leaves start to fall and gather around your garden. When it comes to getting rid of all these materials falling in your backyard, driveway, or lawn raking and picking them manually can be a frustrating task. As well as that, you will be wasting so much time and energy. Garden blowers make leaf and detritus clearing an easy and time-saving task so they are must-have pieces of garden equipment.

To see our full range of garden tools and machinery, visit us online today or visit us in store in Frankfield, Cork.

3 Great Blowers For Autumn 2018

3 Great Blowers For Autumn 2018

It is that time of year again, Autumn time, the weather is getting windier and the days are getting shorter. Most gardeners hate the mess the Autumn brings, leaves all over the lawn, plants fading away and dying, clunky debris and the general mess of the garden. We are here to help, we stock all kinds of garden machinery to deal with everything all seasons put us through as homeowners. During Autumn time our garden blowers are exactly what is needed to keep that garden looking fresh and clean of any detritus. Here are 3 great blowers for Autumn 2018.

1: Stihl BG56 C-E Blower

The Stihl BG56 C-E blower is perfect for cleaning up debris especially leaves which are left lying on the ground, on paths or the home driveway. This blower is very powerful and has low emissions. Garden work doesn’t have to be hard with this fantastic machine. The handheld petrol leaf blower features Stihl ErgoStart which makes starting it effortless. The BG56 C-E has a special stop switch along with a semi-automatic choke lever which makes it virtually impossible to flood when starting this unit. A vacuum adaptor kit is available which can convert this blower into a vacuum shredder. Its nozzle is round in shape and the machine itself weighs 4.1kg.

3 Great Blowers For Autumn 20182: Stihl BR200 Backpack Blower

The Stihl BR200 backpack blower is a low weight backpack blower with the power to easily deal with any blowing task around the garden. It has a simplified starting system and anti-vibration system which provide added comfort and help reduce user fatigue. The BR200 single-handed operation is super easy to control. The 35.5 oz. fuel tank apart from this machine means fewer refuels compared to handheld blowers, therefore, fewer interruptions. It is equipped with an adjustable support harness that distributes weight evenly across the shoulders and back which reduces fatigue during operation. This bower weighs 5.8 kg.

3: Stihl BR700 Backpack Blower

The Stihl BR700 backpack blower makes removing leaves and messy detritus from lawn and garden driveway. This ultra high-performance blower has a length-adjustable blower tube and a handle position adjustment which can be adjusted easily to suit the operator. Its high blowing force output is great for removing cuttings, leaves and debris easily. There are lots of fantastic features to this powerful and innovative blower. The blower has Stihl 4-MIX engine technology which provides fast acceleration, more power, lower noise, reduced emissions and increased fuel efficiency to perform tasks quickly, quietly and easily. The BR700 comes with a semi-automatic choke for smooth and easy starts. The weight of this powerful and portable machine is 10.8kg.

If you are thinking of buying a new blower or getting one for the first time these 3 garden blowers are perfect to upkeep your garden. For more information on these blowers, call us today on 021-496-5132.